Thursday, 19 June 2014

Hamlet's Soliloquy, Updated

Want a good laugh? Here's a hilarious version of Hamlet's famous speech "to be or not to be" as performed by the talented impressionist Jim Meskimen --



Watching this reminded me of a post I did a few years ago (back in the days before anyone actually read this blog, LOL) about a modern poem which paraphrases the same soliloquy. So what the hell, I'm into recycling -- here's that post again:

                               BBRNT2B? 2BORNOT 2BEE?
                               BBRNO2B? BBORNOT BEBE?
                               2BRNT2B? 2BRNTOB?
                               2BORWAT? CNTDCYD.
                               NDCISV. SLINGS. ARROWZ.
                               SEA OF TROUBLZ.
                               TODIE. PRCHNCE 2DREEEM.
                               YACKITY YACKYAK.
                               ITHINK 2MUCH. SHOULDI
                               MAYYBEE JSTDOIT?

                                                --Daniel Nussbaum,
                                                   from PL8SPK (HarperCollins, 1994)

Isn't this a great 20th century reinterpretation? Each of the poems in PL8SPK were written entirely from words and phrases contained on registered vanity plates in California. When I first read this poem 20 years ago, it seemed extraordinarily weird (if fascinating). It took me some major deciphering to be able to read it. But now in a culture of texting and even (dare I say it?) lolspeak, it looks pretty darn normal and hardly unusual. In fact, now it's easy to read! And it's still funny!

24 comments:

mxtodis123 said...

Welcome back. Your daily dose of humor has been missed.
Mary

Pickleope Von Pickleope said...

That video was weird for me. It was like watching Patrick Stewart's brother do a Morgan Freeman impression.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

this is so cool!! i just love it!

Jenn said...

This is great...scary how we've adapted to reading things that look nothing like real words. I was surprised to read about the big changes in your life...and happy to read that all is well :)

DEZMOND said...

I wonder if anyone has 2BORNOT2B car plates on their car?

Jeanne said...

Isn't it amazing how the human brain works? Being able to decipher sheer garbage! Oops! that's the tv I was thinking of....

Laurie M said...

oh my gosh you are right, its amazing isn't it, we are a changing breed, we are being conditioned to look at things differently,
that is cool,

Linda Wildenstein said...

You and your sense of humor has been greatly missed. I loved this piece. Isn't it funny what we get accustomed to in this crazy world??

SUZY8-TRACK said...

That was awesome!

heartinhand said...

1) welcome back
2) funny stuff
3) missed you
4) I love bumper stumpers
5) and lists

Jim said...

I think Shakespeare would LOVE this!! Don't you?

JACKIESUE said...


i love it this...missed you...glad your back.

Joy Christi said...

hahaha I'm a nerd, used to love L33T SP34K but it's been awhile! I didn't think I was going to see that today, thank you!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Ok this is hilarious on several dozen levels :) I loved it!

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm slightly embarrassed to say that quite a few of the actors I didn't know. Sigh, but he was great on the ones I did! :D

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Hahaha...too funny!

Perhaps if Shakespeare lived in this day and age, this is how he would have done things :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Bummer. I cannot watch the video from here.

Weekend-Windup said...

Welcome back! It's cool!

Vanessa Morgan said...

How AWESOME is this. I really had the impression I heard the real people talking here. Imitated to perfection.

Welcome back, by the way :-)

klahanie said...

Nice 2 C U :)

This was very weird and a fit of fun was just the tonic I needed.

Have a nice weekend, eh.

Gary :)

Lisa B said...

welcome home !!
shocked how easy that all is to read x

Magic Love Crow said...

Welcome back ;o) Missed you and your humour ;o)
I can't believe I could read this list! Crazy! Take Care ;o)

Guillaume said...

Very funny. And we can't really have enough Shakespeare.

Riot Kitty said...

Good to hear from you! The plates are hilarious...